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Black Allure: Miranda Kerr in Swimsuit

2013 swimwear trend; hottest swimsuit; On Miranda Kerr: Mara Hoffman Medicine Wheel plunge halterneck swimsuit ;triangle two piece bikini; SHIMMI Stevie triangle wrap bikini; Beth Richards Faye mesh-paneled swimsuit Photos: Miranda Kerr; Courtesy of net-a-porter.comjustjared.com

I used to pack too many swimsuits for a beach vacation, most of them ended up being unworn of course. What we really need is just the perfect one that flatters and can serve more than one purpose. With that said, nothing beats the never-go-out-of-style black ones. They are sexy, flattering and incredible versatile: wear them under a see-through top for a subtle sexy night-out look or with an oversized backless shirt and denim cut-offs for daytime strolling.

If you still think black means boring and conservative, take a look at today’s four alluring swimsuit looks from Miranda Kerr: a high cut design with plunge halterneck or mesh panel makes a one-piece sexy and fashionable, great for showing off just the right mount of skin while still looking hot; a tiny triangle bikini or right-on-trend wrap bandeau is captivating and seductive, perfectly flatters those diligent gym-goers. Which one is your favorite?

2013 swimwear trend; hottest swimsuit;

Mara Hoffman Medicine plunge halterneck swimsuit (similar here)

2013 swimwear trend; hottest swimsuit; Featured: Tara Matthews Sequin-embellished triangle bikini

Tara Matthews Sequin-embellished triangle bikini (on Miranda Kerr here; great buy here)

 2013 swimwear trend; hottest swimsuit; Featured: Love True Love Love Child Wrap Bandeau in Black

Love True Love wrap bandeau (great style here; on Miranda Kerr here)

2013 swimwear trend; hottest swimsuit;

Beth Richards mesh-paneled swimsuit (similar here)

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Summer Vacation Packing Essentials

Being “trapped” in my pregnancy, I didn’t even realize that vacation season is right around the corner! Thank dear reader & friend Joanie for reminding me to write an entry about getaway essentials and packing tips.

Going to college thousands of miles away from home, busy vacation plans and moving to a foreign country to start my life formed my habit of packing light. The key is planning your outfits ahead according to your travel plan, choosing items that can be mixed and matched with each other, using accessories to spice up or transform a look.

For a summer vacation, I love ethereal, light weight pieces with exotic details and natural fabric. Below are my vacation packing essentials from clothing to accessories to beauty products, hope can give you some inspiration for your coming vacation! The best part about all the pieces I picked below: they can go with each other easily and stylishly, and they are ageless–I can picture myself wearing the same outfits in my 30s and 40s.

For clothing, as I mentioned earlier, the key to packing light is making sure every piece can be mixed and matched without sacrifice style. Below I have five pieces (except swimwear) for six different outfits:

Denim cutoffs can be worn with the light weight sweater or crisp white blouse for city sightseeing, shopping, or brunch. Pair the tops with a trendy green side-stripe silk pants, you get two stylish night-out outfits, they are also comfy enough on the plane. As for the printed maxi dress, wear it as a beach cover-up, with white blouse for a fresh day-time look, or with the sweater when the weather gets chilly, and the list goes on…

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  1. Body Glove top & Carve Designs bottom (I also got the top in blue and red, with both sides bottom, I have six different bikini looks with these four pieces)
  2. Siwy shorts (great style here; For those of you in your 40s and want something less distressed, this pair is a great option)
  3. Equipment signature blouse (similar on sale here; wear with shorts, pants or dress, or simply as beach cover-up)
  4. JOSA cover up dress (similar print here & here)
  5. Loft sweater (a light weight sweater is my vacation must-have, great for unpredictable weather, can be easily mixed with others, also is a great beach cover-up)
  6. Tibi silk pant (comfy to wear on the plane, stylish during the vacation, versatile to be dressed up or down; now 20% off with code SPRINGBASICS) 

For accessories, below are my must-haves: a pair of comfortable sandals for walking around, stylish sunglasses that can provide full protection against all UV rays; a straw hat that can protect our skin, also are great for bad hair days; a trusty scarf to keep us warm whenever needed; a vibrant tote that is roomy, easy to carry around and can brighten up our outfit; a stylish clutch for night out and a statement jewelry piece to add just the right amount of glamour. And all of them go perfectly with the 6 to 7 outfits we planned above.

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  1. Sam Edelman sandals (comfy to walk in; the snake-skin print and glitter heel also make it great for night; also I always take my trusty ballet flats with me)
  2. J.Crew hat (25% off with code SPINGBEST)
  3. Reiss chain bracelet
  4. BCBG Max Azriz clutch
  5. Karen Walker the number one sunglasses (also adore the rounded shape here)
  6. Chan Luu scarf
  7. MICHAEL Michael Kors travel tote (also here)

Beauty products can easily take up too much precious luggage space. My solution is taking those are multi functional: Beauty elixir that can double as serum, Argan oil that can be used on skin, hair and nails, sunscreen that is for both face and body, cream with five-in-one formula… Of course, choose small bottles when traveling.

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